- 1The den of an animal, especially that of an otter.More example sentences
- They have built a false otter holt, or den, by the river - its exact location is a carefully kept secret - and there are unconfirmed reports that an otter-like creature has been seen in the location.
- The trust has also built artificial holts in which otters can breed, and encouraged farmers, landowners and the public to do the same.
- Wild bird cover crops, an otter holt and boxes for owls, kestrels and bats all contribute to wildlife diversity.
- 2 • dialect , chiefly North American A grip or hold.More example sentences
- He couldn't get a holt on any money, so I told him about the Farmers' Loan
- But the new teacher, very wise, and understanding June's spirit, soon enough found a way to get a holt on the girl's heart strings.
noun• archaic or • dialect
- A wood or wooded hill.More example sentences
- Miller also refers to a change in this landscape, presumably after enclosure: ‘The crofts and garths, holms and holts… were no longer known’.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch hout and German Holz, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek klados 'twig'.